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Action research is a journey of self-discovery, in which I learned about myself, my coping strategies, and how to create positive change in reference to a problem in my practice. The problem was addressed by reflecting on my attitudes, values, and beliefs. The journey originated from a multi-faceted question which depicts a change or an improvement that I would like to make in my classroom. By turning the gaze within, this process of research begins with an examination of self as an educator, then students or the classroom situation, and then of what might be done to address the problem. This method of problem-posing then action-taking to discover solutions stems from “Freire´s Popular Education principles, which emphasize that education should be guided by the needs and interests of the learners. Freire believed that education should be a process of dialogue, reflection, action, and transformation” (Pantoja, 2009, p.1). This philosophy is conducive to andragogy, and has practical applications which have helped to link the research on my problem to my practice in Adult Education. Act…
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